Writing and Composition

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Writing and Composition

If your handwriting was a font, what would it be named?

"Barely Legible"
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Writing and Composition

Should cursive be taught in school?

Personally, I think it’s a good thing that cursive was phased out. Replacing it with a more practical skill like typing makes a lot of sense.

However, this opens up the argument that many things taught in school are not exactly practical and could be eliminated with the ubiquity of modern technologies. Why learn basic math when we have calculators? For that matter, why learn anything when we can Google everything? It’s a slippery slope to eliminate every skill that doesn’t fall into the practical category, and I think there is something to be said for learning for the sake of learning.

That being said, many people feel like much of a child’s current curriculum will not prepare them for “real life.” There are only so many hours in a school day, so is there more value in learning how to do your own taxes versus advanced calculus? Overall, I think it’s important to have a good balance of practicality and creativity in education.

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What is an example of an analytical exposition text?

AnswerAnalytical Exposition Sample in Learning EnglishWhy is Learning English Important?

Language is the mean of communication. Mostly groups of society have their own languages. Some of them appear the top global languages. Most people in the world hear about English, Arabic, and Mandarin. However English is the most global spoken language. Then if a man wants to catch a global goal, he has to master English.

Everyone recognize that English is an international language. English is used in writing and speaking by many people all over the world. It can be either as a first or second language. We even hear British, American, Australian, and even Singaporean English. Those various names of English are used as the first language in those countries. Futhermore, some countries have their own languages as a mother language but also use English mostly in daily comunication.

Besides usage in daily interaction, English is also used as a key to open doors leading to scientific and technical knowledge. No wonder we find manual guides and instructions of many devices written in English. Even if we have a pack of instant noodle, we will see the cooking instruction also written in English. This transfer of science and technic will include many countries in economic, social and politics developement.

Finaly, the most easily seen in the importance of learning English is that most top requirement in filling job opportunities is the ability using English; active or passive. Job applicants who master English are more favourable than ones who do not.

The above facts prove that everybody needs to learn English if he likes to greet the global

Writing and Composition

How many pages is 70000 words?

It depends on the font, and it's size, along with the number of paragraphs/tabs, etc.

Traditionally speaking, that would be roughly 350 pages or so, using about 200 words per page, which i roughly how many (average ~5 characters per word) you would get with an A4 (11x8.5 inches) paper and using double spacing in a old fashioned typewriter. On a regular sheet of paper, that is the proper amount for normal reading.

So you are talking about a medium-sized novel...

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How do you fit into a 3x5 index card?

You write as small as possible but still visible. Don't stress before u no it I'll hav 850+ words! Hope this helped and good luck :)

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What are bullet points used for?

Bullet points are used to draw your attention from the rest of the text. They may be used to highlight important information. Or to just show you the important points of the rest of the text.

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Creative Writing
Short Stories

What are literary elements for short stories?

This is copied from a teaching syllabus -- I can't remember the author because I copied it down quite awhile ago!

Characters and how we get to know them:

1. Through the author's physical description of them

2. Their actions

3. Their words

4. Their inner thoughts

5. Through what other characters say and think about them

Plot - A pattern of events that develops from the interactions between characters.

A plot is a pattern of events in a cause and effect relationship.

1. Cause - Things that make something happen.

2. Effect - What happens because something was done.

Conflicts - The problems the characters encounter.Their conflicts can be:

1. External - conflict with others and with nature

2. Internal - conflict within themselves

Setting - Time and place of the story

Theme - The meaning behind the events and the characters' actions.

Narrative - The Point of View and Verbal tense of the narrator. How much the narrator intrudes into the story.

Style of Writing - Rhetorical devices, word choice, and sentence structure.

Plot Outline:

1. Exposition: the background or introductory information that the reader must have in order to understand the story.

2. Rising Action - all of the events that take place leading up to the climax.

3. Climax - The turning point. Here the story is turned in a different direction, toward the conclusion, which is the wrapping up of the story.

4. Falling Action - The immediate reaction to the climax.

5. Denouement - The conclusion of the plot.Loose ends are tied up.

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What is an example of an infinitive phrase?

The early part of the Declaration of Independence of the United States contains one: "... these truths to be self-evident".

Writing and Composition

What does a block outline look like?

I.Introduction in which you state your purpose which is to discuss the differences between vacationing in the mountains or at the beachII.Mountain

A. Climate

B. Types of Activities

C. Location III.Beach

A. Climate

B. Types of Activities

C. Location IV.Conclusion

Writing and Composition

How do you write an acknowledgment?

An acknowledgment is just a fancy term for thanking the people who helped you out. If you are writing a report or formal essay or any other type of scholastic paper, you would want to include teachers who helped, any person who did anything for you or gave you information, and any organization or company who assisted you in any way.

You just write down the name of the person or organization and what they did to help, such as "I would like to thank WikiAnswers for providing information on how to write an acknowledgment."

I would like to express my greatest gratitude to the people who have helped & supported me throughout my project. I am grateful to my teacher for her continuous support for the project, from initial advice & contacts in the early stages of conceptual inception & through ongoing advice & encouragement to this day.

A special thank of mine goes to my colleague who helped me in completing the project & she exchanged her interesting ideas, thoughts & made this project easy and accurate.

I wish to thank my parents for their undivided support and interest who inspired me and encouraged me to go my own way, without whom I would be unable to complete my project. At last but not the least I want to thank my friends who appreciated me for my work and motivated me and finally to God who made all the things possible.

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What are you learning about as you write?

Why is writing important? OR 'Why do you have writing assignments?'

Writing doesn't just teach you the facts that you are looking up and writing down! Here are some other things you learn by writing:

  • how to express your ideas and feelings to communicate better
  • how to follow directions; this is used in every part of your life, from cooking with a recipe to putting together your kid's bicycle on Christmas eve
  • how to discipline yourself to do work; this is essential to keeping your job and making a good paycheck
  • how to put your thoughts into words to communicate better
  • how to summarize information that you have learned; this is a thinking skill that is useful in finding out what is important information and what is not.
  • how to paraphrase and explain; this is useful when communicating because people won't always understand the way you say something the first time.
  • how to think of different ideas, which helps you to solve problems by thinking of different ways of doing things.
  • how to observe the world around you so that you can describe it; observation is an essential life skill because people who notice things have an edge over people who never pay attention.
  • how different ways of saying something can have slightly different shades of meaning, and how to choose the best way to say what you mean
  • how to use scientific ways of thinking such as classifying or grouping, analysis, comparing and contrasting, concluding or summation, and testing different ways of doing things. These skills will help you to make decisions, solve problems, and handle whatever life throws at you.

And, of course ... you learn how to write a proper sentence!

Ultimately, writing is a form of communication. Everyone knows about writing to entertain, but it is also used to communicate descriptions, information, evaluations, persuade readers, and present solutions to problems. As consumers, we use this kind of information to decide where to vacation, what movie to see, which cars are reliable, and who we should vote for. Pretty important stuff.

Okay, I can here you saying now, "Yeah, but I'm not gonna do any of that for a living. Why do I have to learn how to write it then? This is stupid." Well, I can give you three really solid reasons why it's important to learn how to write.

1) Writing academically requires you to do a whole lot of critical thinking- you must decide whether your sources are credible and which ones are most relevant to your topic. You have to understand who your audience is and what they already know and what they need to know. Then you have to determine what kind of examples or facts will be the most meaningful for your readers (audience) and put it all into language that your audience will understand. Even if you're writing about why Moby Dick was the most horrendously boring book you ever were forced to read, you'll need all the skills I just mentioned so that you sound persuasive rather than just whiny.

2) In the "real" world, that is life outside of high school and college, you will have to research information. Don't think so? Okay, how will you know what car is safe, reliable, affordable, and doesn't cost and arm and a leg to insure? Research. How will you convince your parents to help you pay for this vehicle? - Present reliable evidence to your audience (your parents) that shows that buying this car will be a win-win situation for all of you. How will you persuade your parents of all of this, besides the stunningly obvious facts you've presented them with? You'll put your request in language that is mature, objective, and shows you value their intelligence and maturity. You will have learned how to do all this, in part, by having learned to write academically.

Bonus- all the things in #2 also hold true for the way you present yourself in cover letters, in job interviews, in meetings with employers or customers, communicating with co-workers, etc.

3) This is an internet savvy world. There are on-line job sites, networking sites, and social sites. Current and prospective employers DO look you up and see what you've written on the web. There have been very public cases of young adults losing their jobs because of the content on their web pages. Sure, some of it was due to the pictures on in, but the words that went with the pictures were the proverbial nails in the coffin. These young adults FAILED to consider that their audience would be someone other than their best buds. Imagine an employer reading your meandering rants where the ideas are disorganized, poorly worded, and full of profanity, spelling errors, and grammar not previously used in the English language. Just the first impression you were hoping to make, no doubt.

Again, I can hear you saying, "Yeah, right. Like writing a research paper on the Ottoman Empire is gonna help with any of this crap." My answer? "You betcha'!" At the very least, learning to write academically will help you develop the self-discipline and work ethic that will help carry you through meetings that are a zillion times more boring than any book you were forced to read and to complete mind numbingly dull tasks/reports that your employer will require you to do, even if you're working at Kwik-Fill.

Writing is important to express your feelings and to make it simple so that others can understand you better. It doesn't matter if you have mistakes or grammatical errors. That's how you learn and also writing helps to apply for jobs etc. But if you want to start, start by how your day was and so on.

Writing and Composition

How is enjambement used?

Enjambement is a literary technique in which a phrase/clause/sentence is broken up by the end of a line or verse. For example, in the poem "I Too See America" by Langston Hughes, enjambement can be seen in several places:

"I'll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody'll dare

Say to me,

'Eat in the kitchen,'


Another example of enjambement is in Pablo Neruda's "If You Forget Me":

"I shall lift my arms

and my roots will set off

to seek another land."

Instead of ending a thought at the end of a line, they are often carried over to the next line. This is the opposite of end-stopping, where thoughts end with the end of a line (often with punctuation too), for example in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken":

"Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,


Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. "

Enjambement can often achieve a more flowing effect, as it forces the reader to move onto the next line and continue momentum as opposed to stopping at the end of each line and having a more defined rhythm. It can also emphasize the part of the thought that has been carried over to the next line, as it sets that piece apart from the rest of the idea.

Writing and Composition

Can you use the word you in an essay?

It depends on the teacher and grade level.

Writing and Composition
Example Sentences

Use coerce in a sentence?

The boys parents coerced him into playing football

Writing and Composition

What is the importance of research?

Take this example, the importance of research in education.

Research, with the general aim of systematically, improving an academic body of knowledge may:

a) the Deficits in systems may be highlighted by well designed research. The results of research can lead (ideally) to changes in methods or practices (in the case of education it might be a teaching methods, say online Vs in class on campus). This would ideally (further testing would needed to confirm) appropriate education is provided to the students resulting in a more effective/efficient population.

b. As suggested above, research determines the success or failure of change in any process or work flow.

In other words, the success of any project/endeavor greatly lies on a good (extensive) research.
Without it we will not learn about previously unknown Natural Phenomena that can be used to make new Technologies.
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Writing and Composition

What is prose paragraph?

A prose paragraph is when you paraphrase the story or poem. Another word for paraphrase is reword it in your in own words so just sum it down to your own words.

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What is a biographical sketch?

Biographical Sketch (Biosketch) Defined

A biosketch is a brief summary of you or someone else's professional /educational accomplishments, publications, and affiliations--an abbreviated curriculum vitae--meant to highlight important aspects of your training, experience, and areas of interest.

In plain words...it's a "light sketch" of a persons life.

Other contributors have said:

I was taught that a biography is about someone else while an autobiography is about one's self. So an autobiographical sketch would be a biosketch of your own life while a biographical sketch is a biosketch of anybody else's life.

Just describe the person and write what main accomplishments the person has done. Has he won Prizes like Nobel? Or has he written books?

Writing and Composition

What does a hook do in an opening statement?

It draws the reader into the piece of writing, causing interest and making them want to continue reading.

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How do you write a compare and contrast essay?

Compare and contrast ... is a popular formula with some teachers. Essentially, it asks for a comparison but is formulated in such a way as to remind one that one should compare differences as well as similarities.

To compare means to give all of the similarities between two things.

To contrast means to give all of the differences between those things.

Make a list of all the facts you have learned about each of your two topics.

Now, merge the facts into sentences - look for ways that the two things are alike first, and write sentences that describe each similarity. Then look for ways that they are different and write sentences that describe the ways they differ. Organize your sentences so that they flow well from topic to topic, and include short explanatory additions where that would help someone understand a point you are making.

Write a good summary sentence in which you state whether the two items are more alike or more different, and you've got a great compare and contrast report.

To make is award winning, you have to make is very good in terms of organization, explanation, sentence structure and use of grammar, and make is better than any other entry in the competition.


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Writing and Composition

Why do English teachers assume that you are dyslexic if you can't write good essays?

All English teachers do not assume any such thing. If you have one (or a couple) who have made assumptions about you, just remember that teachers are human beings with all of the strengths and weaknesses that humans come equipped with. If your teacher(s) have said something to you that affects your ability to do the work in that class, discuss it with a parent or a school counselor.

If you can't write good essays, don't worry about it; each of us has skills that are easy for us and skills that we'll never master no matter how hard we try. Just do the best you can with your writing assignments; don't defeat yourself by a teacher's attitude before you even start. Even if you're not a great essay writer, be sure to check your spelling, be sure that you have your facts correct; if it's a creative writing essay, take your time and tell your 'story' step by step. If you're criticized by the teacher, you will be able to honestly say, 'I did the best I could.'

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What is a sample of an acknowledgment?

Here is a sample of an acknowledgment:

First of all, I would like to say Alhamdulillah, for giving me the strength and health to do this project work until it was done. Not forgotten thanking to my family for providing everything, such as money, to buy anything that are related to this project work and their advise, which is the most needed for this project. Internet, books, computers and all that as my source to complete this project. They also supported me and encouraged me to complete this task so that I will not procrastinate in doing it.

Then I would like to thank my teacher, Madam Seak Mea Nyet for guiding me and my friends throughout this project. We had some difficulties in doing this task, but she taught us patiently until we knew what to do. She tried and tried to teach us until we understand what we supposed to do with the project work.

Last but not least, my friends who were doing this project with me and sharing our ideas. They were helpful that when we combined and discussed together, we had this task done.

Job Interviews
Resume Writing
Writing and Composition

How long should you wait before making a follow-up call after mailing a resume and cover letter to a potential employer?

About a week, no more than two.

William Shakespeare
Writing and Composition

An example of iambic meter?

Iambic meter can be found in ordinary speech and text. What I have written here is all iambic meter which most simply mimics English speech and rhythmic style.

Writing and Composition

What is an anecdotal lead?

An anecdotal lead is when you begin an essay with a short story that is an example of the main point of your essay. For instance, if you were writing about ice skating, you might begin with a brief story about your first time on ice skates, then move into the main part of your essay.


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